Lynne Taylor Donovan is one of those rare breeds of artists, one who can pin the sincerity meter into the red every time she steps up to a microphone. A recognized veteran of the Canadian country scene, Donovan has been serenading and winning over fans around the globe since she was a teenager, thanks not only to a dynamic and soulful vocal delivery that emerged at a very young age, but an undeniable drive to pursue all possibilities with her God given gift.
Shortly after being introduced to music and song ,the young teen singer was in short order hosting her own television show in the lower mainland of B.C., and in another blink of an eye, a barely out of high school Lynne Taylor Donovan was hearing her voice on commercial airwaves and impressing promoters as far away as Japan. Suddenly she was seeing worlds that most teens only dream about.
Tours with The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and opening slots at shows with stars like Alan Jackson were in the offing a few years later as were the opportunities to appear on major festival stages on bills with Wynonna Judd and Loretta Lynn. Songs like Lies, Make It On My Own, Talk To Me, Soft Place, Don’t Make Me Lie which was a top ten single in Canada, and Back On The Line became the backbone of a strong and vital set of Donovan originals.
Her journey has also included life’s hardships. A breast cancer survivor, Donovan knows full well how precious life is, and this gifted Canadian artist has every intention of following the muse that has made her a resilient and respected artist.
We recently did a recap on Donovan, catching up with her single, “Soft Place”, and her 10-track album “Talk To Me”. To say that Lynne Taylor Donovan has an amazing voice is a gross understatement. Donovan is an unusually strong vocalist, regardless of genre. Her voice is unwavering and her phrasing is absolutely impeccable. Straddling the line between pop and country, her performances always ring true whether it’s the soaring, rock-flavored “Sugar Lake” and “Why Be Blue” or the catchy “Soft Place”, the down-home rave-ups “Turn To Stone” and “Lies” or the hushed heart-breakers, “(Never Thought I’d) Make It On My Own”, “Sometimes In My Dreams” and “Silence Says It All”.
Donovan is also one of the few artists who produce an output of consistently excellent material, as “Talk To Me” attests to. She’s also that rare breed that can gravitate successfully between serious subject matter and more lightweight fare with relative ease.
Donovan proves herself to be an artist that, though country at heart, her music can sometimes be hard to put in a single category. She makes music that rises above the others and doesn’t get trapped. She sings with such fierce certainty and gentle poignancy, that she makes every song sound much more important. And a lot of it is.
How does one sum her up Lynne Taylor Donovan? Her voice is incredible; she’s even leagues beyond some of her so-called peers. She sings songs that matter, over and above the average cookie-cutter country tune. Needless to say both the single “Soft Place” and the album, “Talk To Me”, make a great listen!
The absolutely only thing that could have been better, is if there were more songs on it!